Ryan Braun suspension overturned

Milwakee Brewers outfielder and 2011 N.L. Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun has won his appeal and will NOT serve a 50 game suspension. A panel of arbitrators voted 2-1 to overturn MLB’s suspension of Braun which resulted from a failed drug test. A statement issued by the league stated “MLB vehemently disagrees” with the ruling.

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The story has been in the news since word of Braun’s failed drug test was leaked to the media late last year. If the leak had not occurred, this would be a non-story, but Braun’s appeal has instead been one of the hottest topics in baseball this off-season. Today’s news is huge for the Brewers. Having Braun in the lineup makes Milwaukee an instant contender in the N.L. Central.

MLB Network has reported that Braun’s defense was based on the improper handling of his sample. Braun will undoubtedly be asked plenty of questions tomorrow when he reports to Brewers camp in Maryvale Arizona. Braun issued a statement today and continues to claim his innocence.

Topics: Baseball, Brewers, Ryan Braun

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  • Stroscrow

    Yeah, the Brewers dodged a bullet there. I figured with the loss of Braun and Fielder the division was the Reds or Cardinals.

    Braun dodged the bullet by technicality, and good for him, but I can’t see his image gaining much more in the wake of the overturn. Him saying that his name is cleared is a slight exaggeration.

    • astrosince1975

       @Stroscrow I think Braun will still be viewed as a cheater by many. He was definitely lucky to get a ruling in his favor. I don’t like the precedent that has been set and hope that MLB can tighten up the handling procedure.

  • rso544

    Hey Greg:
     
    Our thoughts on how this might or might not affect Bag’s Hall vote next year on our Astros blog .
     
    http://astrodomerung.com/2012/02/23/braun-bagwell-effect/
     
    -Reg
     
     

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